Wintering of Spanish Imperial Eagles at Guelmim

By | 8 November 2015

A wintering Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti) was photographed yesterday by Ali Irizi in the Guelmim region, Morocco (photo 1 and video at the end).

In 2015, six juvenile Spanish Imperial Eagles tracked by GPS-GSM transmitters in Andalusia, southern Spain have crossed the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco. One of these eagles was found electrocuted with 2 other Spanish Imperial (untagged), Bonelli’s and Golden eagles in the Guelmim region on 22 October.

In summary, at least 9 Spanish Imperial Eagles have visited Morocco this year (6 tracked by satellite, 2 without transmitters found electrocuted and the bird shown in the photo below).

Update 1:

More electrocuted Bonelli’s Eagles found in the Guelmim region: four birds and then two were found on 7 November and on 5 December 2015 respectively. For a full account of these electrocutions, see the report published on figshare (PDF).

Update 2:

Satellite-tracked bird at Guelmim

A Spanish Imperial Eagle with a satellite transmitter on its back was observed on 11 January 2016 in the region of Guelmim (photos 2 and 3).  The eagle was found by an Ibero-Moroccan team during a field work to assess the electrocution of raptors in the region. It’s probably one of the eagles tracked from Andalusia in spring 2015. If indeed was one of these Andalusian eagles (because the species is tracked also in other Spanish regions such as in Castilla–La Mancha), then it has spent so far a good amount of time in Morocco.

Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti), Guelmim region, Morocco

Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti), Guelmim region, Morocco, 7 Nov. 2015 (Ali Irizi)

Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti) with a satellite transmitter on its back, Guelmim region, Morocco, 11 January 2016 (Rachid El Khamlichi)

Satellite-tracked Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti), Guelmim region, Morocco, 11 Jan. 2016 (Rachid El Khamlichi)

Satellite-tracked Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti), Guelmim region, Morocco, January 2016 (Daniel Burón)

Satellite-tracked Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti), Guelmim region, Morocco, 11 Jan. 2016 (Daniel Burón)

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